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Hydrocop, a chemical mining enterprise based in Krakow, was 
commissioned by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to carry 
out geological tests at Birkenau aimed at determining the 
locations of incineration pits and pyres. Specialists of 
Hydrokop bored 303 holes up to 3 m deep. Traces of human 
ashes, bones, and hair turned up in 42 sites.  
Documentation of all the holes and the diagrams of 
their distribution are preserved in the Conservation 
Department of the Museum." (Franciszek Piper, Anatomy 
of the Auschwitz Death Camp, p. 179n).

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